Superhero Mythology

By Jim Silver

I always think about Super Heroes around Halloween because they tend to be the most popular costumes for boys. When I think of Super Heroes, I think of Batman, X-Men, Spiderman, Iron Man, Power Rangers, and Superman off the top of my head.

Now, I know this has been said before, but I am still fascinated on the fact that Superman is so different than every other Super Hero.

If you look at just about every Super Hero, they try to blend in society. In order to “save the world”, they transform and put on a Super Hero outfit. Superman is very different. Superman came to earth as a Super Hero and his disguise is being Clark Kent; a geek-like intellect, who is a klutz and stumbles through each day. Superman’s transformation is the opposite than every other Super Hero. Through Superman’s eyes, the best way to fit in society is to be Clark Kent.

This leads me to this thought: With every other Super Hero, the costumed character is the disguised point of interest. With Superman, the disguise is Clark Kent, the anti-hero. So Superman isn’t the costumed character, but Clark Kent is the transformed character.

Superman, not really a hero, but just himself. Think about it.

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